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Mommy Bear's Parent Review of The Amazing Spider-Man
There are, predictably, plenty of fights and intense scenes of menace and peril in this action-filled movie. A character bleeds from a gunshot wound. Another dies from electrocution.
Spider-Man accidentally tears the blouse off of a nearby woman with his sticky hands while fighting bad guys, in a scene played for comedy. There are a few passionate kisses. Peter Parker is seen with his shirt off while Gwen Stacy mends his wounds.
There are a few moderate profanities and vulgar expressions (no f-words).
After being bit by a genetically-enhanced spider, good-hearted loner Peter Parker fights crime as Spider-Man, romances Gwen Stacy while being pursued by her policeman father, and seeks answers about the fate of his long-vanished parents.
Pros and Cons
While not as lighthearted and funny as the more kid-friendly Tobey Maguire trilogy, this rebooted Spider-Man possess a broader mythology, is more emotionally gripping, and will be an even bigger hit with teens and adults. Though it covers much the same ground as 2002’s Spider-Man, the enjoyment is in how it changes the tone and the details. Andrew Garfield’s take on the character is much more “bad boy with a heart of gold” than Maguire’s loveable doofus. The romance in this film ranks among the most enjoyable of any film this year, as The Help’s Emma Stone gives love interest Gwen Stacy brains, courage, and spunk. She has a crackling chemistry with Garfield. Though some of the plotting and character development is rushed, overall this is a thrilling new take on the superhero, with great performances and thrilling action.
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Written by Jonathan Decker
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
||PG-13 for sequences of action and violence
||Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures
||Andrew Garfield , Emma Stone , Rhys Ifans , Martin Sheen , Sally Field , Denis Leary , Campbell Scott , Irrfan Khan , C. Thomas Howell , Chris Zylka , Embeth Davidtz , Stan Lee , Annie Parisse , Michael Massee , Kelsey Chow , Max Charles , Kari Coleman , Michael Papajohn , Charlie DePew , Miles Elliot , Barbara Harris , Jacob Rodier , Jake Keiffer
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